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World Government Summit selects top consultancies as partners

22 August 2021


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UAE-headquartered global think tank World Government Summit has appointed exclusive knowledge partners for the coming period, selecting some of the globe’s most renowned consultancies as partners for its research endeavours.

Launched in 2013 in Dubai by leaders in government, business and civil society, the World Government Summit has the ambition to improve the way governments operate globally. The Summit realises its goal by conducting research (together with knowledge partners), organising conferences and roundtables including its flagship annual event in Dubai, and facilitating knowledge transfer across communities and networks. 

“We are keen to enable governments to improve their performance and advance efforts to build a better future for their societies,” said Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and Chairman of the World Government Summit. 

“It is crucial that we design strategies and create working models that support governments that seek to improve their performance and develop their services. This showcases the Summits role as a global platform that incubates and stimulates the creation of the best government solutions and practices aimed at serving people.”

The role of cutting-edge research is crucial to delivering on its objectives, and in the process the Summit works together with “pioneers of the private sector and global research leaders,” said Al Gergawi. These selected frontrunners are: McKinsey & Company, Boston Consulting Group, Oliver Wyman, Kearney, PwC, Strategy&, EY, Accenture and KPMG.

The news was unveiled at a special signing event which was attended by senior UAE officials including Abdullah Al Gergawi, Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi (Minister of State for Government Development and the Future) and Omar Sultan Al Olama (Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications). 

The event was also attended by representatives of the knowledge partners: Abdelkader Lama (McKinsey), Rami Rafih (Boston Consulting Group), Matthieu De Clercq (Oliver Wyman), Rudolph Lohmeyer (Kearney), Rami Nazer (PwC), Clinton Firth (EY), Nadya Kamali (Accenture) and Mazen Houalla (KPMG). 

Reactions from the knowledge partners

Martin Manetti, Managing Director and Senior Partner at BCG: “The new reality presents profound challenges for governments across the world. We look forward to continuing to build on our constructive co-operation with the World Government Summit in the interest of managing new economic realities.” 

Rudolph Lohmeyer, partner at Kearney: “The World Government Summit is a preeminent institution advancing the frontier of government innovation globally – an unparalleled laboratory for creating a global future worthy of the generations to come. At Kearney, we are committed to creating what’s next, and to accelerating national visions in close collaboration with our clients and partners around the world.”

“This same purpose orients the work of our National Transformations Institute, our Dubai-based think tank dedicated to enabling future-oriented intentional transformation at the whole-of-society level. Given this deep alignment of purpose, we are deeply honoured to be a knowledge partner of the World Government Summit and are committed to working collaboratively in pursuit of the realisation of its vitally important work.” 

Pedro Oliveira, Managing Partner IMEA Region at Oliver Wyman: “Our collaboration with the World Government Summit is symbolic of our commitment to the future and economic development of the region. At a time when world governments are navigating their nations out of one of the most challenging years in recent times, Oliver Wyman is proud to contribute to and support global recovery through our expertise and thought leadership.”

Rami Nazer, Global Advisory Government and Public Services Leader at PwC: “Over the years, the World Government Summit has established itself as the main global platform for government leaders and public sector officials to explore and inspire the future of government and a launchpad for government innovation.”

“Our eight-year collaboration signifies our commitment to PwC’s purpose “to build trust in society and solve important problems” and sits at the core of our new global strategy ‘The New Equation’.”

Nadya Kamal, Country Managing Director for UAE at Accenture: “As a member of the knowledge consortium of the World Government Summit, we look forward to broadening our efforts with industry stakeholders and bring about fundamental and pressing changes to a rapidly evolving government sector.”

Research reports in the making

In the coming months, the World Government Summit will team up with the consulting firms to release the following reports:

  • How Governments Can Accelerate the Value of Digital Health (McKinsey & Company)
  • 15 Ways Governments Can Reignite Trade and Growth in the New Economic Reality (Boston Consulting Group)
  • De-risking the Investment Landscape… High-impact FDI policies for the GCC (Oliver Wyman)
  • Rebuilding Economies… Operations in a New Norm (Kearney)
  • Time to Future Proof… A Blueprint for Holistic Urban Resilience (Strategy&)
  • Making Healthcare Systems Resilient ... An Action Plan for the Next Decade (PwC)
  • Security by Design Safe and Secure Smart Cities in a Volatile Cyber World (EY)
  • Public Service Workforce Disrupted .. Evidence for Improving Public Service as a Career of Choice Around the World (Accenture)
  • Principles of Digital Transformation in Cities (KPMG)